Screens for Sifting or Drying

Introduction: Screens for Sifting or Drying

About: I have been an industrial electrician for almost 10 years. This is why many of my projects are electrical related. I am working on a BS degree for LD&T.

This instructable shows how i made some screens that can be used for sifting or drying proposes. The one shown i used aluminum window screen. i also made some with 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch screen materials. this frame is made to be easily taken apart for when the screens need to be changed.

Step 1: Frame

the frame is 1x4 lumber. i made my frame 24x18. the supports along the sides are 24 , and 19.5 because of the overlap of the joints. the frame i screwed together at the corners with wood screws because the frame should not have to be taken apart.

the supports on the sides are made from a 1x4 that i ripped in half. the supports have the holes for the washer and screw head counter bored. you dont have to do that, but i wanted to. there will be a machine screw through this hole.

Step 2: T Nuts

to hold the supports on the frame i used T nuts for the screws to attach to. you could use regular nuts on the inside of the frame but i like these T nuts because they hold themselves in place. you drill a hole big enough for the stem to fit through and with a rubber mallet drive them into the wood. if you dont drive them in they will pull themselves in when the screw is tightened.

Step 3: Assembly

this is after assembly. i put one side together then stretch the material the best i can and attach the other side. then do it again for the ends. with the window screen material i could just push the screw through the material. with the 1/4 and 1/2 screen i had to align the material with the screws.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, that's really neat how someone can make their very own sifting screen. That is something that I am actually doing out in the lake. The thing is that the lake nearby my town has some pretty heavy pebbles that would look like it would break a one of those screens.So, right now I am trying to find an online company that would sell sifting screens that can hold more than 10-20 lbs.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like a fun project. What are you using it to sift?